DIY Shoes

Friday, June 18, 2010

If you have a daughter in elementary school, you've probably been asked for those fancy sneakers with the rhinestones on the toes. We can't get through a morning cartoon without a commercial for them. My seven year old has been begging, but who wants to spend $40 on a pair of shoes for a kid who's growing like a weed, and splashes through mud puddles whenever she gets a chance?

But these plain ones from Wal-Mart, which are less than $5, are just not going to cut it. Fabulously Artsy mom to the rescue! Able to transform a plain pair of tennis shoes into one-of-a-kind masterpieces!
Thanks to an overflowing craft room full of paints, sparkles and glues, my daughter has some pretty sweet shoes. DIY is always better. Bling it on.

Supplies used:
Aleene's Jewel-it Glue
Rhinestones (unknown source)
Black Sharpie Marker
Acrylic Paints: Lumiere by Jacquard, Folk Art, Zim Prints
Textile Medium: Folk Art (mix with the acrylic paint)
Glitter: Close to My Heart, Martha Stewart

19 comments:

Melinda said...

These are great. What did you use on them?

Tresa Black said...

Hi Melinda,
I just updated the post to include the supplies used.

brittany michelle said...

i love these shoes so much. really, my friend does these all the time, and they are completely awesome. she mixes zebra with flowers and random colors. it's amazing

Melissa Laverty said...

incredibly cool! Did you make a pair for yourself?

Tresa Black said...

Now that I've finished the pair of my 7 year old, I have "orders" to make shoes for my two other daughters. THEN I can make a pair for myself!

Anonymous said...

I love these! You are so amazingly artistic! I bet you hand drew all those flowers and animal prints. My 6 year old saw your post, and even though we just bought her some overpriced shoes 2 weeks ago (on sale, so not so bad), now she wants some that her mother made just for her...

SOS said...

Wow. Without words!. Beautiful!!

Krystina said...

I'm so jealous at your talent! I am not an artist so my 6 year old got some real ones (on clearance for $20) but these are sooooo much better! Your kids are very lucky to have such a talented mother!

Sherrie said...

Oh my! If I could do something like that for my 7yo I would be mommy of the.....decade! They seriously are gorgeous. Heck, I'd make a pair for my 11 yo and myself too! I think for the walmart price and the fact that I could probably dig up some of those supplies in my own stash I might just have to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vanessa said...

WHAT?!! No video?! These ROCK :)

Anonymous said...

These are really fabulous! I might just have to make a pair for myself ;)

Sharli said...

Holy Cow! Tressa, you are always amazing - these shoes are just the Cat's Meow! (ummm.)

Hugs!

Haley D. said...

These shoes totally rock!!! I'd better not let my girls see them because I'm not sure I'm up to the challenge...

Amy said...

wow these are amazing!

Stampin n da Hood said...

remember that I am size 7 (or 5 in childrens') and that I love green, pink, and a little bling, too!

you bling!

Christina said...

These are wonderful!!!

Come swing by my blog there is something there for you.

bren yule said...

wowie girlfriend-those are way too cool!!!

jennifer said...

wow these are beautiful - the designs are freehand???

Tresa Black said...

Thanks Jennifer,
Yes, I sketched the designs freehand on the sides before painting them.

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